The Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN) program is a partnership between the parent, family child care home provider, and Children’s Home Society of California (CHS). The FCCHEN program offers affordable child care to eligible parents, supports the quality of child care, and establishes relationships between children, parents, family child care home providers, and CHS program specialists. Family child care home providers enrolled in the FCCHEN program receive ongoing professional development training, guidance, and technical support from CHS program specialists to assure high-quality child development services.
FCCHEN Tools for Quality
CHS program specialists conduct visits to FCCHEN providers where they utilize the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) assessment tool and the Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale (FCCERS) to evaluate and improve the quality of care.
The DRDP is an assessment tool developed by the California Department of Education and West Ed to monitor and support children’s development from birth to twelve years old. The children are observed upon enrollment and every six months thereafter. Upon completing each visit, parent conferences are held between the parent and FCCHEN program specialists to discuss key observations.
FCCERS is a scale used to evaluate and strengthen the quality of care in family child care homes serving children birth through age twelve. Some of the items included in the FCCERS instrument are safety, health, furnishings and general indoor/outdoor environment, learning materials and activities, and relationships. A FCCERS evaluation is done once a year. The results are used to create an Action Plan that helps determine what areas could be strengthened and encourages continual professional growth and improvement of program quality.
CHS provides resources, technical assistance, and training to both parents and providers with the goal of increasing knowledge about child development and building relationships. The DRDP Tool (Preschool, Infant/Toddler, School Age) and the FCCERS instrument are used to create Action Plans.
Action Plans are created to determine what steps need to be taken in order to support children’s development and improve their quality of care. The site action plans are compiled to create a Program Self-evaluation for the agency, which is required by the California Department of Education (CDE).
CHS then develops trainings for FCCHEN providers to support those areas that need strengthening. CHS also provides written materials for FCCHEN providers such as Curriculum Guides (Mathematics Development and Cognitive Development), Provider Newsletters, and Nutrition Resource (Feeding Infants, Nutrition & Wellness Tips for Young Children, and Tips for Teachers).
Parents receive Parent Newsletters, a Conference Sheet every six (6) months, Activity Sheets, and other resources intended to increase child development knowledge and support their child’s development. Parents are also invited to Parent Advisory Meetings and trainings.
If you are a FCCHEN provider or parent who would like to speak to a program specialist about resources or trainings, please contact your local office by clicking on the location below: